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2016 Report

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27th January

Another day of strong winds and frequent rain which produced a spectacular movement of gulls. Two sessions of watching totaling 6.25hrs resulted in massive totals of 38,000 Black-headed Gulls, seven Mediterranean Gulls, 9,000 Common Gulls, 3,500 Herring Gulls, two Yellow-legged Gulls and 3,816 Kittiwakes passing west. Other bits and pieces included five Gadwall, a Teal, 75 Wigeon, 25 Fulmars, 137 Gannets and a Great Skua. In addition, 43 Brent Geese flew east against the flow. The regular first-winter Caspian and Glaucous Gulls were still present but it was perhaps something of a surprise that no other rarer gulls were found.

A Common Seal and two Grey Seals were showing very well offshore.